Baylor guard James Akinjo is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, which was announced earlier this week.
The Cousy Award released its initial watch list in October, on which several Big 12 players were named. But the list is now down to the final five candidates, and Akinjo is the only Big 12 player on the list. He was not on the initial 20-player watch list.
The other finalists are Andrew Nembhard of Gonzaga, Sahvir Wheeler of Kentucky, Tyger Campbell of UCLA and Collin Gillsepie of Villanova.
Akinjo, who transferred to Baylor from Arizona, is coming off a game in which he had 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the victory over Texas on Monday. He is now among the Big 12 leaders in assists (No. 1 with 5.8 per game), steals (No. 2 at 2.0 per game) and scoring (No. 9 at 13.1 per game). He is also among the national leaders in assists and steals.
Baylor moved up to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 on Monday, and its victory over Texas was its fifth straight. The Bears face Iowa State at home to end the regular season before heading to Kansas City next week for the Big 12 Tournament.
The Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award is named after the former Boston Celtics legend, who attended Holy Cross. The award recognizes the top point guards in Division I men’s college basketball.
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2022 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Finalists
(Big 12 Players in Bold)
James Akinjo, Baylor
Andrew Nembhard, Gonzaga
Sahvir Wheeler, Kentucky
Tyger Campbell, UCLA
Collin Gillespie, Villanova